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Houston Texans News: August 25, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, August 25, 2014.

Thanks for the slush Tom.
Thanks for the slush Tom.
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Houston Texans News

Tom Savage lets down guard after Texans’ comeback win - Ultimate Texans
Of course, Tom Savage still had his helmet on when he strode into the Texans’ locker room late Saturday, following a thrilling (for the preseason) 18-17 come-from-behind victory against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field.

Texans’ Bill O’Brien defends D.J. Swearinger’s hit on Broncos’ Wes Welker - Ultimate Texans
Bill O’Brien came to D. J. Swearinger’s defense when asked about the hit the second-year safety put on Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion on the play in the final seconds of the first half. Swearinger was flagged for unnecessary roughness, giving Denver a first down at the Houston 29. On the next play, Peyton Manning found Emanuel Sanders for another touchdown and a 17-7 halftime lead.

Peyton Manning sharp, feisty in preseason loss to Texans - The Denver Post
Ever calm, poised and professional, Peyton Manning ran some 30 yards to the end zone after another one of his touchdown passes.

Observation deck from Houston Texans at Denver Broncos - ESPN
The Houston Texans' first-team defense, even without two important starters, was playing terrifically against a very talented Denver Broncos offense.

Rookie Tom Savage leads Texans to 18-17 win over Broncos
Rookie quarterback Tom Savage threw his first NFL touchdown and two-point conversion to give the Texans an 18-17 last-minute win over the Denver Broncos on the road.

Broncos’ Manning vs. Texans’ Swearinger in trash-talking feud - Ultimate Texans
Trash-talker D.J. Swearinger got in the head of Peyton Manning.

Texans see an improved defense with Cushing in win - Houston Chronicle
DENVER - Almost lost in the excitement of the Texans' come-from-behind 18-17 victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday night was inside linebacker Brian Cushing's first appearance since Oct. 20 of last season.

Quotes: Bill O'Brien on Sunday
Read what Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said to the media on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Fantasy Preview: Don’t sleep on these sleepers
I’ve decided to come clean. I haven’t been consistent.

A calm Tom Savage got it done late for Houston Texans - ESPN
DENVER -- Calm is not a word one would generally use to describe Texans coach Bill O'Brien. Perhaps that's why when I relayed to Tom Savage that O'Bri

Around the League

How Madden NFL turns players into pixels -
Over the years, the Madden franchise has led the way in making life-like video games, from pixelated blobs to a look almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Sarah Kogod went to Baltimore to watch the EA team turn the Ravens into avatars.

Report: Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez doesn't want to be traded - Bleeding Green Nation
The Sanchize doesn't want to go to St. Louis.

NFL Preseason Week 3, scores and results: Sam Bradford's injury headlines the week -
Week 3 of the NFL preseason is now complete. A few players made strong cases to make their respective rosters, several teams still have work to do and at least one will make a major transition following injury.

Cam Newton has fractured rib, will miss final preseason game -
Newton should be ready for the regular season opener but will miss Carolina's final preseason game.

NFL, DirecTV finalizing new Sunday Ticket contract, according to report -
The NFL Sunday Ticket will be available to DirecTV subscribers well into the foreseeable future, and make the NFL lots of money, according to a report.

Michael Sam, meet Johnny Manziel -
The moment the Internet has been waiting for since draft day arrived in the third week of the NFL preseason.

Wes Welker injury: Wes Welker suffers a concussion - Mile High Report
During the second quarter of tonights game against the Houston Texans, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker took a big hit from safety D.J Swearinger. Welker was taken to the locker room shortly after, and is going through the concussion protocol.

Broncos K Matt Prater suspended 4 games for violating NFL substance abuse policy -
The Broncos kicker can return in Week 6 against the Jets.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Indians 3, Astros 1: Bauer Stymies Houston Offense - The Crawfish Boxes
Indians Continue to Give Astros Hitters Trouble, Cleveland Takes Rubber Game 3-1

Francisco Garcia re-signs with Houston Rockets on one year deal - The Dream Shake
The veteran forward will be back with the Rockets after re-upping on a one year deal.

"Student Athletes"- Okay, but what happens when things go wrong? - Frogs O' War
We've had some discussion here on Frogs O' War about the pros, cons and possibilities of four year scholarships and paying players (in a non-SMU fashion, naturally), but one area of discussion in Players vs NCAA is a lot closer to home for TCU fans.

Three high level Texas story lines to watch in 2014 - Burnt Orange Nation
There are three major story lines which will be at the center of the narrative surrounding Texas Longhorns football in 2014. Each will tell the tale of Charlie Strong's first season on the Forty Acres.

Official ODB Season Prediction Thread/Poll - Our Daily Bears
With SMU prep kicking off tomorrow, it's time to go on the record with predictions for this coming season.

Red Raider Gridiron: Depth Chart Thoughts; Running Back Preview - Viva The Matadors
Thoughts on the depth chart for Texas Tech's game against Central Arkansas. Running backs coach Mike Jinks previews the running back corps.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M at South Carolina - Good Bull Hunting
ke Davis RB: Davis is a beast and the latest in a long line of talented Gamecock running backs. The Aggies' young front seven will be receiving a crash course

28 NFL Scouts Flock To Final Texas Longhorns Fall Camp Practice - Barking Carnival
The NFL understands that there's new management in Austin.